Say hello to a teeny-tiny working Mac

(Credit: John Leake/RetroMacCast)

RetroMacCast co-host John Leake has built a working, miniaturised replica of the original 1984 Mac.

It's strange to think that not even 30 years after the release of the original Macintosh computer — then the cutting edge of consumer computing — it's been vastly outstripped by a small device that you can fit in your pocket.

So why not make a working Mac out of today's gadgets — a tiny-sized one? RetroMacCast's John Leake has done precisely that, scaling the machine down to one third of its original size, just 11.5x8.1x9.2 centimetres (which is still a heck of a lot chunkier than an iPod).

He constructed its body out of white closed-cell PVC foam board called Sintra, using files and sandpaper to shape the bezels, and put in a 3.5-inch TFT LCD monitor.

To power it, he used a Raspberry Pi board running the Raspbian, with the Mini vMac emulator on version 6.0.8 of the OS.

A four-port USB hub is mounted inside the mini Mac, with two facing out and two in. The two inward-facing ports are used for a Wi-Fi dongle and a Bluetooth dongle, and a two-port, 2.4-amp USB charger sits on top to power the Raspberry Pi and the monitor. An Ethernet port allows it to be connected to the net via cable.

You can see more pictures of the mini-Mac on the RetroMacCast website here, and listen to Leake and co-host James Savage discuss the build on episode 298 of the show.


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